February 2013: Soil Properties and Natural Areas Management

Hugh Brown, Field Station Director at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, will cover basic soil properties such as texture, structure and color and relate soil characteristics to management. He will discuss the soil forming factors (parent material, topography, climate, organisms, and time) and explain how they interact with plant communities. He will investigate the relationship between the soil microbial community and plant growth. He will relate carbon and nutrient cycles to restoration activities. The webcast will provide an overview of the relationship between soil information and land management practices.

Join Hugh Brown, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, to learn more about this important topic in the next Stewardship Network webcast!

Hugh Brown - Hugh Brown is the Field Station Director at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Hastings, Michigan. Prior to being hired at the Institute in January of 2011, he served as Field Station Director and Chair of the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He taught several courses at Ball State including Soil Conservation, Soil Quality, Soil Classification, and Wetland Characterization. His PhD is in Soil Management from Iowa State and he had a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Vermont where he studied nitrogen management on a dairy farm. Hugh is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with many years of experience working in natural areas and agricultural systems. Along with Dr. Peter Kourtev, a microbiologist at Central Michigan University, he has established a study of autumn olive effects on soil properties. He has been active with the Land Trust Alliance and co-authored one of their Standards and Practices Curriculum books "Caring for Land Trust Properties" with Andrew Pitz. He has been active in the Soil and Water Conservation Society and is working to rehabilitate his homestead, part of which is a former gravel pit.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated the Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:00pm
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